Stopping the Terror Trade: How human rights rules in an arms trade treaty can help deliver real security

Index Number: ACT 30/006/2009

An effective Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) should be one that helps to protect lives, livelihoods and rights. The treaty should protect the ability of states to lawfully sell, acquire and possess arms for their security, law enforcement and self-defence, consistent with international law and best practice standards. This document focuses on the risk that international transfers of conventional arms will be used for serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law. It shows how rigorous risk assessments by arms-transferring states can prevent arms from fuelling such abuses.

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